The NewBridge Project : Gateshead
After one year of learning and research, making friends with communities and individuals across the region, hearing and discovering untold stories and creating a platform to tell these stories, The Eclipse Newspaper is finally here. The workshop allowed us to build for the next stage of our journey, review what we have done so far and share thoughts about what and where we should go next.
We started as an idea to create an alternative tabloid newspaper, to platform the voices of those who are often ignored or worse whose stories are exploited by the mainstream tabloid press and used to divide communities and sell newspapers. We built a community of contributors – ordinary people, carers, grandparents, mums, school teachers, charity workers, artists, campaigners and mental health sufferers. We then worked with trained journalists and ex-newspaper staff to write, investigate, design and create our own alternative tabloid. A newspaper for the people, by the people.
The community workshop involved reading and reviewing the paper together and sharing ideas for the future.
The Eclipse newspaper was available to pick up throughout the duration of the project.
The Claudia Jones Space Station is part of Freedom City and has been commissioned by The NewBridge Project in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
The Claudia Jones Space Station is a temporary, living monument named after pioneering Trinidad-born journalist and activist Claudia Jones.
Over the course of four days, The Claudia Jones Space Station will perform an experiment in community formation, involving visitors, collaborators and participants from throughout the region.
Inspired by the model of the Space Station – where multiple experiments take place simultaneously – the CJSS invites you to take part in a range of workshops, events and screenings organised in partnership with artists, activists and collectives concerned with questions of social justice, from Newcastle/Gateshead and beyond. Private or individual meetings, conversations and exchanges can also take place within the space.